I had some time this afternoon while our daughter was getting a nap. Or so I thought... Just as I got the board set up our young daughter decided she had enough sleep. So I took a break to take care of her and then the two of us sat down to play Horrified by Ravensburger.
I was playing solo this time and I was going to take on Dracula and The Creature from the
Black Lagoon. The Random character I pulled from the bag of goodies was the Explorer. The Explorer was a nice draw for the first game. Her special ability is to move to any non-water space on the board. She also started in the Camp a space that that had some starting items and was a place where I could advance the boat towards the Creature's lair.
The monsters have two parts to defeating them. The first is usually a longer series of tasks. For the Creature you expend items to get the boat to his lair and once you have it there you can then attack him directly by expending one of each item type (red, blue, yellow). Dracula needs you to go to 4 different spots on the board and destroy his coffins before you can attack him. Having the Explorer was very clutch for this task. The first step of the monsters turn is to drawn a monster card and see what happens, these usually put new items on the board(randomly drawn from a bag). Sometimes villagers are placed on the board, if these guys get got by the Monsters then the threat level goes up you only can lose so many innocent souls before you lose the game.
This game reminds me of Arkham Horror a little bit, a very diluted version but has some of the same feels when you are playing it. I would have liked it if the heroes were also minis like the monsters. That being said the monster minis were OK, not the highly detailed minis that you are seeing other games but all the other pieces were very high quality. I would say if your looking for a quick game or a warmup game before the big event this is a good one to pic. Next time I play I am going to add in more monsters as the first scenario seemed quite easy to win. Because of the amount of monsters and heros I think there is some decent replay value but that might get old depending on how hard you find the game with you and your gamer friends.
Designed by: Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Prospero Hall
Published by: Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Year Published: 2019
Recommended Ages: 10+
Time to Play: 30-45 minutes